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Captain Billy Reynolds was delighted that almost 90 golfers played in his strokeplay Captains Day at an immaculate Clogher Valley Golf Club (affectionately known locally as “Augusta”) which took place on Fri 18th and Sat 19th July. Some pins were in positions never seen before in “Augusta” and this helped produce one of the most challenging and entertaining Captains Days there for many years.

An early leader in the clubhouse on Friday was our “Conway Cups Mr. Consistency” Stephen McClelland with a nett 62 including a birdie on the 4th and 6 pars. But it was the experienced wylie old fox Robert Robinson who also carded a creditable nett 62 including 10 pars who was the overnight leader on countback.

Day two on Saturday – Enter the Gladiators!!

A packed “Augusta” from early morning saw everyone jockeying for position as they sought to out-think (and out-drink!!) each other in plotting their way around our little gem of a course in the Clogher Valley. Pleasantries were exchanged and Captain Billy set the happy and relaxed tone for the day with his amusing “roll call” in the clubhouse and Peter Alyss and Ken “on the course” Brown duly obliged by providing commentary at certain holes on the course.

As each fourball disappeared down the 1st fairway, sadly for some, so did their chances of wearing the “Green Jacket”, as “Normans Rough” proved to be “Amen Corner” with several golfers kneeling, praying they could find their ball!!

A serious contender was 10 handicapper Stuart Burke who carded a fantastic 5 over par and also nett 62 including 2 birdies and 11 pars, but amazingly he wasn’t to feature in any of the prizes, not even gross!! Our very own Rory McElroy (note different spelling!!) from Augher was unable to make a challenge, and as players cooled down at the refreshment tent at half way, it became obvious it would take a great score to emerge the victor!

With some serious contenders still to finish, Garnett Hackett (or “Gariff ‘Ackett” as our President calls him!!) “stitched his flag to the mast” to become the new leader with a great score of nett 61, and was left to dwell on a double bogey at the last and what might have been! Young 12 handicapper Jack Montgomery came oh so close and even a level par back 9 wasn’t enough to repair the damage and he finished scratching his head also with a nett 62.

As the last of the fourballs crossed “Magnolia Lane” (Morrows Lane) for the last time, it was in-form 20 handicapper Andy Little who showed some “class” to emerge from the pack. Andy was favoured with Gods grace as he recovered from carding a 9 on the par 4 7th and showed a lot of faith as he parred the 8th and birdied the 9th and finished carding a brilliant 7 under par nett 60 to win his first “Major” and lift Captain Billy’s 1st prize!!Dessie “Last of the Summer Wine” McCormick won Senior prize, Davy (born again golfer) Phair won the non-handicapper prize 33pts, Castle Hume President Hugh Johnston won visitors prize 41pts, Linda Armstrong remains the best golfer in the Armstrong house by winning Ladies 1st prize 39pts, Malachy Graham (who strokes the ball better than his paintbrush) won Past Captains prize nett 68. Roger (my ole buddy) Howe proved why his handicap has plummeted to 7 by winning gross with a 4 over 71. Kevin McGarry won High Handicap prize with nett 63, Eamon Rasdale and Joe Davis won Front9 and Back9 respectively, Aughnacloy President Everett Clarke won Longest Drive and Captain Billy’s son, Jack Reynolds, won the tricky Nearest the Pin. Captain Billy was delighted his big brother Gordon was able to make it an international occasion by flying over from Canada for the event.

An evening of great food, great company and great craic ensued and Captain Billy made sure that the relaxed and happy atmosphere continued with his witty and entertaining speech which at times had a crammed clubhouse in fits of laughter!! Captain Billy thanked everyone who had contributed to his Captains Day and made special reference to his and Lady Captain Carmel’s chosen charity Cancer Connect N.I. for their respective Captains Days. Also particular credit was given to Victor Collum, our “meet and greet” caretaker, and a special thanks to Greenkeeper Raymond Farrell and wife Violet for having “Augusta” in absolute pristine condition, proving that patience and perseverance are necessary requirements for the job! All prizes were courteously presented to all the winners by Captain Billy’s 1st lady Rita, and the craic and laughter continued into the small hours on what was a memorable day and night!! Captain Billy was reminded on numerous occasions that he forgot to mention his regular fourball of his V.C. Lefty Sean “Mickelson” McCaughey, Joe “Tom Watson trousers” Davis, and “the BIG EASY himself Barry “Ernie Els” Byrne…….. “If you had have been amongst the prizes I wouldn’t have forgotten you lads…..NOW THEN!!!”

Captain Billy Reynolds’ Invite to Lady Members

Club Captain, Billy Reynolds, extends an invitation to all Lady Members of Clogher Valley Golf Club to play in his Captain’s Day Competition.

Ladies may play the competition from Monday, 14th July through to Thursday, 17th July.

Hoping as many Ladies as possible will be able to make it over these four days.

Lady Captain’s Open Day | 9th July 2014

What a day! Lady Captain Carmel pulled out all the stops today for her Ladies’ Open Day with blue skies and sunshine throughout followed by delicious food and great prizes. Unfortunately no-one managed a Hole in One but there was one very close call!!!

We were delighted to see so many Ladies from other Clubs take the time to come along and play today. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Club Winner on the day was Linda Armstrong with a truly impressive 43 pts – great to see Linda playing so well, she really is giving the rest of us ladies a run for our money.

 Visitor Results

[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”no”]1st Visitor – Geraldine McGrory (32pts*)

2nd Visitor – Roisin Park (32pts*)

3rd Visitor – Ann Kennedy (32pts*)

* on countback

Gross – Dympna Slowey (92gross)[/column]

[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”yes”]Front 9 – Rita McKechnie (17pts)

Back 9 – Sally Redman (19pts)

Longest Drive – Carmel Stevenson

Nearest the Pin – Ruth Crooke [/column]

 Club Results

[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”no”]1st – Linda Armstrong (43pts)

2nd – Florence Brunt (30pts)

3rd – Jenny Williamson (29pts)


[column size=”1/2″ margin=”” last=”yes”]4th – Gillian Chartres (28pts)

36 Handicapper – Mary Fee (26pts on countback)[/column]


Winner of the Club 1st Prize and Perpetual Trophy, Linda Armstrong, receiving her prizes from Lady Captain Carmel

Lady Golfers, win a Nissan Micra Car at Clogher Valley Golf Club

The countdown to our Lady Captain’s Open Day has begun with the arrival of a Nissan Micra Car, kindly sponsored by Gerry McNamee of CarZone Irvinestown for a ‘Hole in One’ at the 3rd hole.

Lady Captain, Carmel Rooney, was on hand to receive the keys from Gerry on Monday Evening.

A great coup for our Club – now we just have to hope that one of the Lady Golfers has the skill (or luck) to win on the day!!!

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Lady Captain, Carmel with the Nissan Micra Car, sponsored by CarZone, Irvinestown


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Club Captain, Billy Reynolds & Lady Captain, Carmel Rooney with Gerry McNamee from CarZone, Irvinestown

A ‘Hole in One’ for Everet

A huge WELL DONE to Club Member, Everet Bennett on his ‘Hole in One’ at the 17th hole while playing in the Cancer Research UK Competition on Saturday, 5th July.

Hope you can pass along some hints and tips to our Ladies for Lady Carmel’s Captain’s Day on Wednesday 9th July – a ‘Hole in One’ at the 3rd hole will win them a Nissan Micra Car!!!


Monthly Prize Giving, Saturday 5th July 2014

In July our Monthly Prize Giving was pushed forward to Saturday Evening to coincide with the Prize Giving for the Cancer Research UK Competition.

Although some of our prize-winners were on holiday there was a good turn out and we were very pleased to welcome representatives from our sponsors as well as the local branch of Cancer Research UK for the presentation of prizes

Prizes were awarded for the Golf Nation (formerly Fletcher Golf) Competition, Hilltop Glazing Competition, Clogher Valley Credit Union Competition & Cancer Research UK Competition. Congratulations to all our Prize Winners.

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The Winner of our June ‘100 Club’ Draw was Eugene Rooney with ball 38 – congratulations Eugene!



Billy Reynold’s Captain’s Day, 18th & 19th July 2014

Timesheet is now available in the Clubhouse for Billy’s Captain’s Day on 19th July 2014. Please put your name in one of the designated Time-bands, for play on either the Friday or Saturday. Please note there will be no Tee-off’s after 11.00am on Saturday 19th July to facilitate Captain Billy’s guests.

A sheet has now been posted on the Clubhouse noticeboard for Members to put their name down for the Captain’s Day Dinner – see the poster for details.

Fri 4th & Sat 5th July, Cancer Research Open Stableford

Stuart Burke, Winner of the Kingston Perpetual Trophy, 18 hole Open Stableford Competition in aid of Cancer Research UK.

As always, we are very grateful to all the local Businesses and Individuals who kindly sponsored holes and to all our Club Members who work so tirelessly for this event each year.

1st – Stuart Burke  (46 pts)

2nd – Joe Davis   (45 pts)

3rd – Peter McGirr  (43 pts on countback)

Full details of other winners and scores will be posted shortly.


27th to 29th June 2014, Lady Captain Carmel’s Invite to Gents

Our Lady Captain, Carmel Rooney kindly extended an invitation to all Gentlemen Members for her Lady Captain’s Day. Many thanks to all of you who played!

The winners are as follows:

1st Jack Montgomery

2nd Andy Little

Longest Drive Garnett Hackett

Nearest Pin Garnett Hackett

Senior Victor Collum

Unfortunately no-one got the “Hole-in-One”


Winners are cordially invited to Prize Giving on Lady Captain’s Day,

Wednesday 9th July 2014, at 6.30pm.

(If you can’t attend please let me know on 07725956712)

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